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I won’t be singing Advance Australia Fair on Invasion Day

Invasion Day (aka Australia Day) is 26 January. It commemorates the day in 1788 when British troops and their prisoners arrived to begin the process of establishing capitalism in Australia and dispossessing and slaughtering the indigenous population.

One of the lackey Australia Day functionaries has suggested we all sing Advance Australia Fair, the sterile, lifeless national anthem of the Australian bourgeoisie, at noon on Invasion Day.

I won’t be celebrating by singing that song. Instead I hope to join my indigenous brothers and sisters outside old Parliament House for a demonstration against the Invasion and its consequences.

Rather than airbrushing history with nationalist claptrap like Advance Australia Fair, if we are going to sing I suggest it be Midnight Oil’s Beds are Burning. As they say:

The time has come
A fact’s a fact
It belongs to them
Let’s give it back

Here is a link to a video of the song and set out below are the words. Enjoy.

Out where the river broke
The bloodwood and the desert oak
Holden wrecks and boiling diesels
Steam in forty five degrees

The time has come
To say fair’s fair
To pay the rent
To pay our share

The time has come
A fact’s a fact
It belongs to them
Let’s give it back

How can we dance
When our earth is turning
How do we sleep
While our beds are burning

How can we dance
When our earth is turning
How do we sleep
While our beds are burning

The time has come
To say fair’s fair
To pay the rent
Now to pay our share

Four wheels scare the cockatoos
From Kintore East to Yuendemu
The western desert lives and breathes
In forty five degrees

The time has come
To say fair’s fair
To pay the rent
To pay our share

The time has come
A fact’s a fact
It belongs to them
Let’s give it back

How can we dance
When our earth is turning
How do we sleep
While our beds are burning

How can we dance
When our earth is turning
How do we sleep
While our beds are burning

The time has come
To say fair’s fair
To pay the rent now
To pay our share

The time has come
A fact’s a fact
It belongs to them
We’re gonna give it back

How can we dance
When our earth is turning
How do we sleep
While our beds are burning

_________

We will also need something to toast our marshmallows on during this tub thumping Australia Day festival of reaction. How about a collective flag burning across Australia at noon on Invasion Day to celebrate opposition to genocide, murder, rape, torture and slavery?

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Comment from Fred
Time January 18, 2015 at 3:20 pm

You need a new history book. They came to set up a penal colony.

Comment from John
Time January 18, 2015 at 9:13 pm

Ho hum. ‘Five hundred lashes and double irons: the origins of Australian capitalism’ Ben Hillier and Tom O’Lincoln http://marxistleftreview.org/index.php/no5-summer-2013/89-five-hundred-lashes-and-double-irons-the-origins-of-australian-capitalism

Comment from peter piper
Time January 19, 2015 at 8:47 am

itwas lucky the poms managed to tap into all the civilised advances that the aborigines had made over the previous 30,000 yrs – art, medicine, philosophy, astronomy, mathmatics, architecture, infrastructure, transport, science, medicine, engineering, the wheel etc etc – it made their job at converting jungle to an NBN accessed civilisation in 250 yrs a lot easier. Look how PNG advanced so rapidly without the poms! Im so jealous of them..

Comment from Peter Johnson
Time January 19, 2015 at 12:38 pm

I understand that it has been dna ‘proved’ that Australia’s indigenous peoples originally came across from Africa. Therefore Africans living in Australia should also be ‘recognised’ as Indigenous Australians as per govt website advice: How do I obtain proof of my Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander heritage?

Perhaps you have a certificate that traces your family to a particular Aboriginal station or reserve? Perhaps you have oral history stories that link to an area or person or even a photograph? Whatever your situation, you will need to link to your Indigenous community organisation for assistance. If you have been displaced from your heritage, you can research and take your evidence to the Indigenous community organisation closest to you. You will be invited to explain your heritage to their committee.

Step 1 – Gather as much information about your family history and heritage as possible

When applying for a letter of proof of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander heritage through an Indigenous organisation, you are likely to be requested to explain your heritage to their committee. For this reason it is often useful to gather as much information about your family history as you can before you contact them. This is particularly important if you or your ancestors have been displaced from your heritage.

Examples of useful information include birth, death and marriage certificates that trace your family to a particular Aboriginal station or reserve, oral history stories and even photographs.

Step 2 – Contact an Indigenous organisation

A ‘letter of confirmation’ is usually obtained from an incorporated Indigenous organisation and must be stamped with their common seal. It is useful to contact an organisation where your family is from, if possible, as someone in the community might know of or remember your family.

An Indigenous organisation in the area where you live may also be able to provide you with this confirmation. For instance, if you live in Canberra and your family is from the Canberra region, you could contact the Ngunnawal Land Council in Queanbeyan. If you live in Canberra but your family is from elsewhere, you would contact the Land Council in the area your family came from or were known in.

To find the contact details of a Land Council or other Indigenous community organisation, try searching the Yellow Pages online http://www.yellowpages.com.au. Type ‘Aboriginal’ in the WHAT box and the place name in WHERE. In the print version of the Yellow Pages, look under ‘Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Associations & Organisations’

Like to know more?

You can read some background information in a policy paper published by the Australian Parliamentary library.

Food for thought?!

More food for thought is the notion that ALL the nations of the world should dismantle geographic and legal boundaries that exclude any Citizen of the World from moving to wherever they want freely as long as they can ‘pay the piper to get them there’ ? Would not this be True Socialism?

Comment from John
Time January 19, 2015 at 3:41 pm

Yes, good old ruling class Poms, spreading ‘ civilisation’ everywhere, as long as we understand that to mean genocide.

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Time January 20, 2015 at 2:57 pm

[…] Official No Award stance: Do not sing the National Anthem on Invasion Day (known legally as Australia Day).  Can you even. This is beyond even the cultural cringe. (Steph had a moment when she first opened that article where she thought ‘NADC’ said ‘NAIDOC’ and she was like WHY WOULD NAIDOC SUPPORT THIS. Don’t worry. She was wrong.) And a thing at En Passant. […]